Rapid Reaction: Stars 3, Bruins 2 (SO)
November, 5, 2013
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The boos were louder than the cheers for former Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, who returned to Boston for the first time since he was traded to the Dallas Stars on July 4.
Even before the Stars' 3-2 shootout victory over the Bruins Tuesday night at TD Garden, Seguin was booed during pregame introductions. He was booed again when he first touched the puck during his first shift.
Seguin, along with forwards Rich Peverley and Ryan Button, were traded to Dallas in exchange for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow last summer.
During a TV timeout in the first period, the Bruins recognized Seguin and Peverley on the video board by showing each of them hoisting the 2011 Stanley Cup. But almost every time Seguin touched the puck, the majority of the 17,565 showed their displeasure for Boston's former No. 1 pick (second overall) in the 2010 draft.
Oh, and there was a game being played, too.
Seguin and Peverley scored in the shootout to lead Dallas to victory.
Milan Lucic and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, while goalie Tuukka Rask made 34 saves.
The Stars gained the early lead when Jamie Benn ripped a snap shot from the right faceoff circle and beat Rask to the top left corner at 3:38 of the first period.
Boston responded when Krug received a nifty pass from Smith and beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen at 4:16 of the opening period. The tally was Krug's fifth of the season. The Bruins outshot the Stars 18-10 in the opening period as the game remained in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes.
There was no scoring in the second period, but the Stars gained a 23-22 advantage in total shots.
Early in the third, the Stars were awarded a four-minute power play when Smith was given a double-minor for high-sticking. The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty. That stop proved crucial as Boston gained a 2-1 lead on Lucic's goal at 11:39 of the third period. It was his seventh of the season, as he redirected Dougie Hamilton's shot from the blue line.
With the Bruins holding the one-goal lead in the final five minutes, the fans once again began to chant "Seguin, Seguin, Seguin."
But the Stars were awarded a penalty shot with 2:34 remaining and Dallas' Vernon Fiddler beat Rask to tie the game at 2-2.
LOUI, LOUI: After missing five games due to a concussion, Eriksson returned to the lineup and was back playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. After the team's morning skate, Eriksson said he was pleased with how quickly his recovery went.
OH, BOY: After missing Saturday's game due to a back injury, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup. He made his presence felt in the first period when he ran over Dallas forward Erik Cole with a clean hit while the Stars were attempting to break out of their zone at 7:13. Fiddler took exception to the hit and went at Boychuk, who was prepared and landed on top of his opponent. Both were handed roughing penalties.
ALL PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR: With everyone healthy, Julien needed to make a couple of lineup decisions, so forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Matt Bartkowski were healthy scratches.
IN THE HOUSE: During a TV timeout in the second period, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was shown on the video board, and the fans went nuts when he tugged on his beard. It was fitting he attended the game since he spent the previous two seasons playing for the Texas Rangers. Also attending Tuesday's game was Jim Craig, the 1980 Olympic gold-medal winning goaltender for Team USA. The fans chanted "USA, USA, USA" when he was shown on the video board.
UP NEXT: Tuesday's game against the Stars began a five-game homestand for the Bruins. Boston will host the Florida Panthers on Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday before finishing up against the Columbus Blue Jackets next Thursday at TD Garden.